India celebrates National Unity Day on October 31 in remembrance of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country's first home minister and a key figure in India's struggle for independence. Known as the "Iron Man of India," Patel was instrumental in integrating the princely states and played a crucial role in the India-Pakistan War of 1947.
National Unity Day, also known as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, was declared by the Government of India in 2014. The occasion aims to reaffirm India's strength and resilience in the face of threats to its unity, integrity, and security.
Sardar Patel's immense leadership skills led him to convince almost every one of the 565 princely states to join the Union of India after gaining independence from British rule. His dedication to national integration earned him the nickname "Iron Man of India."
October 31 holds special significance as it marks the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. On this day, a pledge is read out in government offices, reiterating the commitment to preserving the unity, integrity, and security of the nation. The pledge is also extended to students in schools and colleges to inspire future generations to work towards maintaining the country's unity.
As per official directives, all government offices, public sector undertakings, and public institutions organize pledge-taking ceremonies on October 31 to observe Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. This annual occasion serves as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's crucial role in the integration of India.
India remains grateful for Patel's visionary actions, which ensured the unity of the nation. National Unity Day serves as a reminder of the importance of unity and resilience in the face of challenges, as well as a celebration of Patel's enduring legacy.